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Marjorie Riley, 1918–2012

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013

Marjorie Riley, a former RSA staff member from 1970 to 1983, passed away on 2 December 2012 in Chico, California.

Marjorie was born on 31 August 1918 to Henry and Lucy Riley in Medford, Oregon and was raised in Dunsmuir, California. During World War II she served in the Navy as Petty Officer 3rd Class in the WAVES. She then attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Marjorie worked for the Marconi – English Electric Co. in New York City and then, starting in 1970, for the Renaissance Society of America when it was at Columbia University. She retired from RSA in 1983 and moved to Chico, California in 1989.

George Labalme remembers: "She was a wonderful person, always in a good humor, always ready with the materials for meetings and the annual one which, in those days, was not as large as it has become in the last decade or two. . . . The RSA Board was really quite small in those days, and we struggled with a rather small membership. . . . Those were the days with Phyllis Gordan, POK, Felix Gilbert, Edward Cranz, Phyllis Pray Bober, Elizabeth Eisenstein, O. B. Hardison, Gene Brucker, Paul Grendler, Gene Rice, and Rensselaer Lee.

Margaret King remembers her as a "lovely and utterly delightful woman, from another era . . . absolutely competent with meetings and sensitive international dealings."

Marjorie was a generous supporter of the RSA Capital Campaign following her retirement.

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